quotes tagged with 'commonwealth'

Those elements include the natural instincts of women to reach out to assist in promoting the common good, to help those in distress, and to improve their own minds and talents.
Author: Gordon B Hinckley, Source: Ensign » 1992 » March First Presidency Message “Ambitious to Do Good”Saved by Doc in development women service charity progression goodness commonwealth 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
Only when the last tree has withered, and the last fish caught, and the last river been poisoned, will we realize we cannot eat money.
Author: Cree proverb, Source: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Native_American_proverbsSaved by Doc in money environment commonwealth conservationism 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
If private owners use property rights to protect their wealth, why shouldn’t we as common owners do so too?
Author: Peter Barnes, Source: http://onthecommons.org/node/688Saved by Doc in rights rights property stewardship commonwealth 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
We could rely on government to protect our common wealth, but as I wrote a few days ago, that would be to misplace our trust. Government is, most of the time, the handmaiden of profit-maximizing, cost-externalizing capital. Far better, when we have a chance, to lock up common wealth as common property, to be passed on, undiminished, from one generation to the next.
Author: Peter Barnes, Source: http://onthecommons.org/node/688Saved by Doc in government capitalism materialism stewardship commonwealth 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
But there’s another trove of wealth that’s not so well-known: our common wealth. Each of us is the joint recipient of a vast inheritance. This shared inheritance includes air and water, habitats and ecosystems, languages and cultures, science and technologies, social and political systems, and quite a bit more. Though the value of these manifold gifts is hard to calculate, it’s safe to say they’re worth trillions of dollars. Indeed, according to Friends of the Commons, their aggregate value probably exceeds that of everything we own privately.
Author: Peter Barnes, Source: http://onthecommons.org/node/688Saved by Doc in community property stewardship stewardship commonwealth conservationism 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
We need to speak up, to say boldly why we fight for good schools, why we build houses for the homeless, why we protect open space, why we look after the ailing and the elderly, why we pay taxes without grumbling, why we honor government as a force for public good. In a society obsessed with competition, we need to say why we practice cooperation. In a culture addicted to instant gratification, we need to champion long-term healing and the welfare of coming generations.
Author: Scott Russell Sanders, Source: http://www.newdream.org/newsletter/common_wealth.phpSaved by Doc in government selfishness consumerism materialism zion community stewardship commonwealth conservationism cooperation preservation 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
The work of creating wise and loving communities begins with cherishing our common wealth. I speak of it as “common” because it’s ordinary and because it’s shared. By “wealth” I don’t mean money, but the actual sources of well-being. I mean the soils, waters, and atmosphere; the oceans and prairies and forests; the human gene pool and the plenitude of species. I mean language in all its forms, including mathematics and music; every kind of knowledge, from folklore to physics; and all manner of artifacts, from satellites to shoes. I mean practical arts such as cooking, building, herding, and farming; the art of medicine; the traditions of civil liberty and democratic government. I mean wildlife refuges, national parks, and wilderness areas, as well as schools, museums, libraries, and other public spaces.

Author: Scott Russell Sanders, Source: http://www.newdream.org/newsletter/common_wealth.phpSaved by Doc in society culture sharing zion community stewardship commonwealth conservationism resources 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
After the September 11th attacks, when Americans longed to know how we could help heal our country, politicians told us to go shopping. When Americans wondered how we could reduce our dependence on oil, and thus our entanglement with despotic regimes in the Middle East, our leaders told us to drive and fly. As we look around at this richest of nations and see the national debt piling up, hospitals closing, schools failing, prison populations swelling, forests dying, glaciers melting, farmland disappearing, children going without medical care, and countless people sleeping on the streets, our leaders offer us tax cuts.
Author: Scott Russell Sanders, Source: http://www.newdream.org/newsletter/common_wealth.phpSaved by Doc in selfishness consumerism materialism community property commonwealth cooperation 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]
I am an uneasy believer in the right of private property because I know that this right can be understood as the right to destroy property, which is to say the natural or the given world. I do not believe that such a right exists, even though its presumed existence has covered the destruction of a lot of land.
Author: Wendell Berry, Source: Private property and the common wealthSaved by Doc in environment property stewardship commonwealth conservationism environmentalism 13 years ago[save this] [permalink]

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